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The U.S. Census will end at 6 a.m. Friday morning, after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the Trump Administration’s efforts to halt the count. Local workers say stopping the process now will hurt the communities that still have low response rates.

Updated: 2:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

The Ashtabula River is on its way to being removed from a list of areas of concern for environmental degradation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday during a visit to Cleveland for an update on Lake Erie and the surrounding watershed.

“We are within sight of the finish line in terms of returning Ohio’s rivers to health again so they can again become a place where people can swim, play, catch fish, and generally enjoy what this great state has to offer,” Wheeler said.

An ongoing battle in federal court has caused confusion on when the 2020 U.S. Census will actually end, but while that gets sorted out, Cuyahoga County officials are still pushing to increase the region’s response rate ahead of next week’s deadline.

Many Ohio day cares have remained open for much of the pandemic, with protections in place to help limit the risk of an outbreak. Staff and children have to wear masks and wash their hands more frequently, many centers have taken additional steps to sanitize buildings, and the number of children in one room has been reduced.

But all that extra work doesn’t erase Northeast Ohio parents’ concerns about sending children to day care.

City officials have approval from the Cleveland City Council Safety Committee to apply for a U.S. Department of Justice grant that would provide funding for Operation Legend, formerly known as Operation Relentless Pursuit.

The nearly $8 million grant would reimburse the city for the salaries and benefits of 30 Cleveland police officers, to be hired as part of task forces meant to break up large-scale crime in the city. The first wave of officers have already been selected, said Justin Herdman, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Some students are back at school starting Monday in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District and administrators are enacting new policies to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the protection comes with a price tag.

Willoughby-Eastlake received about $1.2 million from the federal CARES Act, said Superintendent Steve Thompson. But coronavirus-related expenditures – including masks and disinfecting supplies – could total between $3.5 million and $4 million for the district this year, he said.

Political ads calling out President Donald Trump’s attempt to start a boycott against Goodyear could continue through the November election, as Democrats attempt to sway locals to vote blue.

Last week on Twitter, Trump advocated for a boycott of Goodyear after an employee at a Kansas plant posted an alleged photo of company policy banning political attire in the workplace, including items with the "Make America Great Again” and “Blue Lives Matter” slogans.

A majority of Cleveland’s public school buildings are within two blocks of tobacco retailers, according to a new study from Stanford University.

The study looked at the number and location of tobacco retailers across 30 U.S. cities to evaluate proximity to school buildings. It found about 77 percent of Cleveland schools were within 1,000 feet of tobacco retailers, above the national average of 63 percent.

Updated: 5:06 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020

The Parma City School District (PCSD) is leading an effort to delay contact sports until spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that high school sports would be permitted this fall, but the Ohio High School Athletic Association will allow districts to opt into a delayed season.

Cleveland postal workers are facing the repercussions as the U.S. Postal Service experiences delays and managerial upheaval in the wake of changes enacted by the Trump Administration.

The recent slow mail delivery is due to changes put in place by the Trump Administration, said American Postal Workers Union Cleveland Area Local Chapter 72 President Daleo Freeman, which range from limiting overtime to new schedules and departure times for delivery trucks.

The City of Cleveland is facing a decline in almost every revenue source due to the coronavirus pandemic.

No layoffs or furloughs are scheduled at this time, according to Mayor Frank Jackson’s office.

The city is anticipating major losses in a few areas, said Director of Finance Sharon Dumas, particularly the entertainment and hospitality sectors. Before the virus, initial projections anticipated $40 million in revenue from those areas in 2020, Dumas said, but the city now expects to see just half that amount.

More than 500 philanthropic organizations nationwide have signed a letter asking the U.S. Census Bureau to allow more time for the 2020 census, including several local groups, after the bureau recently announced it would end the count a month earlier than planned.

Among the Northeast Ohio organizations signed the letter were the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation in Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and George Gund Foundation.

The University of Akron will rely primarily on remote learning this fall semester, with limited in-person sessions and reduced class sizes.

The university has offered training throughout the summer for faculty to prep for the transition, said interim Senior Vice Provost Joe Urgo. That includes recorded lectures and live presentations that will keep students engaged.

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Amy Sanceta / Associated Press

FirstEnergy Solutions is facing heightened scrutiny as Ohio politicians grapple with allegations of racketeering in connection to a nuclear bailout law passed last year.

Local advocates for migrant workers are calling for more protections against the coronavirus on Ohio’s farms.

Protective measures like handwashing and social distancing are not possible under farmworkers’ current living conditions, said Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) Managing Attorney Eugenio Mollo.

“The close proximity of individuals in overcrowded dwellings is of deep concern, and we need mandates to address this issue,” Mollo said. “In Ohio, many of them are living in employer-provided individual housing units without running water.”